An Early Look at the Week 8 Waiver Wire
Taking stock after a crazy weekend
There was a lot of action and injuries this weekend and with all the byes we’ll be seeing over the next two weeks, there will be a lot of competition on the waiver wire and in free agent bidding. Injuries like the one to Rams' QB Sam Bradford are particularly harsh, because there’s a ripple effect to all the skill players on that team and they have no capable backup to settle things down. The Bears could be in a similar situation though not as bad. I’ll take Josh McCown over Kellen Clemens any day of the week!
Next to each player’s name and team, I have the ownership percentage from Yahoo, just for some perspective.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a full Waiver Wire as always. This is just a primer.
Terrell Pryor, Raiders - 31% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s healthy now and coming off his bye. If you are hurting at QB, he can help you and be close to a weekly starter. The Raiders have underrated weapons in the passing game and Pryor gets points with his feet as well as his arm. It’s no fluke.
Jake Locker, Titans - 7% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s playing better than he’s played as a pro and if e can get his leg/hip to full health, he may be a fantasy asset down the stretch of the season. His schedule lightens up nicely.
Josh McCown, Bears - 0% of Yahoo leagues.
This will have everything to do with just how injured Jay Cutler’s groin proves to be. If Cutler is out for a significant period, then McCown becomes a guy to roster in large formats with 12 teams or more. He may not be special, but he’s got a good team around him and a QB guru as a HC.
Eli Manning, Giants - 73% of Yahoo leagues
We’ll see how he does tonight in a tough matchup, but the Giants, with all the injuries to their tailbacks, are going to be forced to the air. Manning is going to attempt a lot of passes. If they get it together at all, he is going to have some very good weeks throwing to Cruz, Nicks and Randle.
Jacquizz Rodgers, Falcons - 54% of Yahoo leagues.
He’s now in very good position with a team in needs of weapons and with Steven jackson even further away after a setback with his hamstring. The Quizz can help you ... maybe even for the rest of the year.
Andre Ellington, Cardinals - 47% of Yahoo leagues.
His schedule eases up a bit the rest of the way and he’s been very good with the ball in his hands. Making Ellington more attractive is his ability to get touches in all phases of the offense. His role could grow in the coming weeks, but even if he can maintain his current role, he’ll have some value in plus matchups. If you are not that familiar with Ellington, you can check out some of my earlier material on him right here, and make sure to watch the footage.
Mike James, Bucs - 4% of Yahoo leagues
The word on Doug Martin is that he could be out for an extended period. That makes James a VERY good addition in any league size and any scoring format. Check out my blog post on James from Sunday. This kid has some legit ability.
Roy Helu, Redskins - 20% of Yahoo leagues.
One of our guys is back on the map. Helu is getting more and more snaps due to his ability in the passing game and in pass protection. He’s a guy to own and he is creating a serious problem for Alfred Morris owners. As I’ve said before, Helu is actually the more talented player.
Ben Tate, Texans - 60% of Yahoo leagues.
If Arian Foster suffered more than a 1-week injury, Tate becomes a player to own--even in small leagues with less than 12 teams. We’ll have to see how Foster’s hamstring is. Bear in mind that the Texans are on the bye in Week 8.
Shane Vereen, Patriots - 34% of Yahoo leagues.
His time is coming and when you look at the New England backfield, it’s hard to imagine them not finding a lot of touches for Vereen, who has it all in terms of his skill set. He’ll be back in Week 11, which is getting close. Vereen could be a huge factor down the stretch and in the fantasy playoffs.
Chris Ivory, Jets - 27% of Yahoo leagues.
We saw a changing of the guard in the Jets backfield. I warned folks on this one a few weeks back when I called the Jets’ backfield RB stew. The good news, in terms of clarity, is that it’s basically down to Bilal Powell and Ivory at this point, unless they decide to give a real look at Alex Green. Ivory should be the main ball carrier for as long as he stays healthy. Cross those fingers if you get him.
Joseph Randle, Cowboys - 52% of Yahoo leagues.
The key with Randle is the status of DeMarco Murray. We’ll keep you posted, but Randle played well enough on Sunday to be a hot waiver wire add in those leagues where he is still available.
Andre Brown, Giants - 13% of Yahoo leagues.
Like with Vereen, he is going to have a role when he gets back. And, Brown gets back a week sooner than Vereen due to the Patriot’s Week 10 bye. Add Brown in deeper leagues if he’s been dropped.
Percy Harvin, Seahawks - 61% of Yahoo leagues.
He is getting close according to reports and you can get him in bout 40% of Yahoo leagues. Not bad for a lock starter. Add Harvin for sure if you can. No brainer.
Harry Douglas, Falcons - 48% of Yahoo leagues.
He had a big week and we expect god things going forward now that he is a starter. Add Douglas in all leagues as a strong WR3 option. He’s already past his bye week.
Michael Floyd. Cardinals - 61% of Yahoo leagues.
Floyd is a player I’ve been pimping all year and I am not about to stop now. He’s the clear second option on the team and with larry Fitzgerald banged up, he is probably the number one option in the red zone. Expect good things going forward. Floyd is a weekly WR3 in 12-team leagues and a strong bye week option in smaller leagues. He should be owned. Period.
Terrance Williams, Cowboys - 48% of Yahoo leagues.
He had yet another strong outing while Miles Austin continued his decline. I expect tis to continue. Add Williams in all leagues.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans - 51% of Yahoo leagues.
He has a chance to finish very well for a team that is going to be in developmental mode. I like the idea of adding him n the cheap right now if you can. This kid has a whole lot of talent.
Jarrett Boykin, Packers - 28% of Yahoo leagues.
Even after last week’s injuries to Randall Cobb and James Jones, Boykin is available in a great many leagues (72%) and he can help you plenty in the near term.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Colts - 18% of Yahoo leagues.
Not only did he play a larger role last night, but he played pretty well. Now, with the loss of Reggie Wayne for the season, DHB could end uphaving some serious value playing heavy snaps with Andrew Luck.
Jordan Reed, Redskins - 23% of Yahoo Leagues.
Reed is officially the latest pride of the Watch List and last week’s Buy Low Sell High piece. The big tight end broke out in a major way last week and he did it both in terms of production and role. The production was obvious, but just as important is the fact that Fred Davis was a healthy inactive. As I’ve been telling you for a while now, Reed is the guy and he has big upside. Get get him if he’s out there. Reed and Pierre Garcon will be RGIII’s core targets for some time if they all stay healthy, and only one of them is still on waiver wires. Not for long though.
Heath Miller, Steelers - 59% of Yahoo leagues.
He had a somewhat slow week but made up for it with a touchdown. Miller can be a solid starter for you in 12-team leagues.
Coby Fleener, Colts - 43% of Yahoo leagues.
His whole day happened in the last drive of the first half, but the numbers are there. Fleener is unspectacular, but Andrew Luck knows him well and trusts his hands. He’ll continue to have value in 12-team leagues.
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